Elections are over and everyone will move on with their civic lives, whether they are urban, suburban or rural. To keep the civic spirit alive, this is the first episode in a blogcast series for GMLP regarding Media Literacy in Civic Life. The intention is to tackle civic life in its many expressions--both extraordinary and mundane--exploring its intersections with media literacy.
From preparing to vote, to talking by phone with the grandkids, to the community-good aspects of gaming, to the business person who operates at the local coffee shop, to the handling of bots and algorithms, to the personal health crisis and the treatment you'll choose, to the "calling-out" culture, to making corporate bottom-line decisions... the critical-thinking skills necessary to negotiate media's myriad messages as they relate to you are vital.
In the first of our series, prepared expressly for this year's Media Literacy Week, we examine media literacy considerations via the nonprofit community lens. It's a blogcast featuring journalist Dick Weiss and me, Jessica Brown, with host and longtime community proponent of media literacy,Larry Levin, who is President, CEO and Founder of St. Louis Nonprofit News. Larry's offer to produce a blogcast in connection with Media Literacy Week and this new series is appreciated, especially in the context of nonprofits' key commitment to serving community. No news here, ALL nonprofit stakeholders must remain vigilant and critical-thinking about, among other crucial concerns,media's messages relating to their nonprofit organizations. So, thank you to Larry and Dick for taking the time to celebrate Media Literacy Week in such a thoughtful way.